Model UN

Model UN Conference

Oakland University Model United Nations Club and the Oakland University Department of Political Science are delighted to host the Fourth Annual  Oakland University High School Model United Nations Conference March 1st-2nd 2019. The conference will be held on OU's campus in Auburn Hills.


This conference builds upon the success of our past three conferences. It will provide an enjoyable, high-quality learning experience, featuring several simulated General Assembly (GA) committees and UN Specialized Agencies, GA committees will have a maximum of 55 delegates – enough to generate intense debate but small enough that all delegates will have ample opportunity to speak and participate. We will also offer a Security Council and a historical re-enactment of negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I. Delegates will also have the chance to tour campus and meet with faculty and OU students. We will provide dinner and lunch to delegates on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and close the conference late Saturday afternoon.

Registration is open, and is  $65 per delegate. We did fill last year, so we could encourage those interested to send in a registration form to hold their slots as soon as possible. 

If you have questions about our conference, please contact us at oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com or call Professor Paul Kubicek at (248) 370 2363

 

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. Please see oakland.edu/youth for detailed information.

About Us

Oakland University Model UN Club was founded in 2008. It is open to all OU students. Model UN is run both as a student organization and as a class, Political Science 3605. Each semester, we attend collegiate MUN conferences, typically the Lake Erie International Model UN (LEIMUN) in the fall and the North American Model United Nations (NAMUN) in Toronto in the winter, and sponsor events on campus to discuss and debate international issues. In April 2017, OUMUN students won awards at the NYU MUN in New York.

OU students have won dozens of individual awards, and several team awards, including being named Best Delegation at LEIMUN (five times) and at NAMUN (twice).

 For 2018-2019, club officers are:

Alex Bertges, President

Brian Quinn, Vice-President

Conor Urban, Secretary

Maria Boersma, Treasurer

 

Our faculty adviser is Professor Paul Kubicek  (kubicek@oakland.edu)

 

Committees
OUMUN 2019 committees  are:

  • Security Council 2019
  • Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC)
  • Social and Humanitarian Committee (SOCHUM)
  • United Nations Enviormental Programee (UNEP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Historical Committee on the Drafting of the Treaty of Versailles (begins in 1919)

Registration is now open. Each country will have between two and five delegates, with the historical committee being handled separately.  Schools should plan on only one delegate representing a given country or role  in a committee. We anticipate, as we did last year, that SOCHUM will be a "novice" committee for those new to MUN.

 OUMUN staff will prepare research guides on each issue to assist delegates in preparation.  These will be posted under the Research tab.

 

 

Research

We expect each delegate to prepare for the conference. He or she should be knowledgeable about the committee, the rules of procedure, the general stance of his/her country, and the issues being discussed. Students should be aware of previous resolutions or recommendations germane to the topic before the committee, as well as current discussions of the issue at the United Nations and other international institutions. One of the goals of the conference is to replicate real-life debates, and preparation is essential for informed discussion.

The best source of information for research is to consult UN documents and debates, available through the United Nations main portal at www.un.org and through the individual pages of UN committees. News reports and scholarly articles can also be helpful. Some countries maintain web pages for their UN delegations and may also have ministries or departments with useful information.

The United Nations Association has a variety of resources that may be useful to both delegates and faculty advisers. These include tips on research as well as overviews of how committee sessions are typically structured. We have also found resources at Best Delegate to be helpful.

Background guides prepared by OUMUN staff should be considered a start for your research. They provide some useful information, resources, and pose questions that should assist in your preparation. Background guides for OUMUN 2019 will appear by mid-January.

Delegates will be expected to send us a 2 page, single-spaced position paper  by February 22, 2019. These should be be emailed  (wiith the subject line of your committee and country) to oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com. Please be mindful of our guidelines for position papers. Sample position papers from past years can be found here (SC Paper) and here (UNEP Paper). Delegates that fail to send in a position paper will be ineligible for any OUMUN award, and we will also have a separate Best Position Paper award.

Registration

 

Registration is open.

The cost per delegate is $65. This includes dinner on Friday, lunch  on Saturday, and a T-shirt, as well as all conference materials. There is no separate school fee.

Schools wishing to register should first fill out our Registration Form to supply us with some necessary information. You may either send it to  e-mail address (oaklanduniversitymun@gmail.com) or fax it to 248 370 4299. Once we receive your registration, we can send you an invoice for payment.

Payment can be made either by conventional check mailed to us at: 

OU Model UN Conference, Department of Political Science, 371 Varner Drive, Oakland University, Rochester MI  48309

You may also pay on-line with a credit card or bank transfer through the OU Marketplace system. This can be accessed here.

Prior to the conference, we will ask for the names of your delegates for the credentials as well as T-shirt sizes. Please also note that all high school students MUST turn in a waiver form to participate in OUMUN. The Waiver Form can be mailed in advance or returned at the time of check-in on the first day of the conference. In addition, delegates are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

 

Schedule and Location

OUMUN will be on Oakland' main campus in Auburn Hills. This year opening ceremonies will be in Dodge Hall 201, sessions will be in classrooms in the Engineering Center (EC) and Elliott Hall (EH), and lunch on Saturday will be in the recently opened Hillcrest Hall. A useful map of campus can be found here. We recommend trying to park in lots P36, P34 or P32 (on the south side of campus, just south of the main buildings we will be using). Please note that classes will be in session on Friday PM, so parking close to the buildings may be difficult.

For those planning to spend the night on Friday, we are working with nearby hotels to offer a discounted rate. The closest hotel to campus is the Extended Stay America on University Drive.

The draft schedule for the conference (final schedule will be in the program) as as follows:

Friday March 1 2019

Registration and Optional OUMUN Rules Orientation  2 PM-245 PM

Opening Ceremonies  3 PM-345PM

Session IA   4 PM-6PM

Dinner   6PM-7 PM

Session IB   7-9 PM

Saturday March 2 2019

Head Delegate Meeting   815 AM- 9AM

Session II  9 AM-12 PM

Faculty Adviser Meeting  10 AM-11 AM

Lunch  12 PM-2 PM  in Hillcrest Hall

Session III    2 PM-530 PM

Closing Ceremonies   6 PM-7 PM

  We will supply details about room assignments for committees in the conference program.

Rules of Procedure

All delegates should familiarize themselves with the Rule of Procedure,  which vary a bit from conference to conference. A few special provisions also apply to the Security Council. It is imperative that delegates know the rules of procedure.  Prior to opening ceremonies, we will have an optional orientation session for delegates who wish to receive more information on Model UN and OUMUN rules. 

To assist you in preparation,  we have prepared a quiz on OUMUN Rules.  (We also have answers). These can be used as a primer to see how well you really know the rules.  The rules will be included in our conference program/handbook, so you will always have them for your reference, but knowing at the least the basics in advance of the conference will serve you well.

Delegates should also know how to craft resolutions. Prior to their formal introduction, draft resolutions must be properly formatted and have the requisite number of signatories (see the rules for more on this). Formatting should follow this sample resolution. This list of phrases for preambulatory and operative clauses may also assist you. A good resolution will provide some background on the problem and clearly state what the UN and member states will do to address the issue.

 

OU Model UN will offer both individual and team awards.  To be eligible for an award, a delegate must submit, via e-mail, a 2 page position paper prior to the conference (see more under Research tab). 

Awards will be based upon demonstrated knowledge of the issues, portrayal of country, knowledge of and use of rules and procedures, and level of activity in debate and caucusing.